A weekly round-up of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from politically aware hip-hop star Common as well as a solo debut from a member of the Strokes.
CRX, ‘New Skin’ (Columbia)
Has any rock band ever spun off as many side projects as the Strokes?
Joining a long list of acts that includes singer Julian Casablancas’ Voidz and bassist Nikolai Fraiture’s Summer Moon, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi just released his debut album as the frontman of CRX, a Los Angeles-based combo that also features Richie Follin of Guards and the Willowz.